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Recruitment #22-004573-0001


The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state’s primary social service provider, serving over one million Marylanders annually.  The Department, through its 24 local departments of social services, aggressively pursues opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide preventive services, and protect vulnerable children and adults in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.  DHS works in every community in Maryland to positively impact the lives of Marylanders.

This Statewide recruitment is being conducted to establish a list of eligible candidates to be used to fill current and future vacancies occurring in our Local Departments of Social Services and regional Offices of Child Support throughout the State. 

All approved candidates will be placed on this list of eligible candidates in one Best-Qualified randomized scoring band for at least one year. Placement on this list is not a guarantee that you will be offered an interview for any given vacancy.  

Telework is at the discretion of the hiring authority and can be discussed during the interview process.

This recruitment is being reposted to allow for additional candidates to submit applications. If you have already applied and been approved for this recruitment, please do not reapply; your application remains under consideration. 





Applicants should indicate on their applications all counties (or Baltimore City) where they are willing to accept employment for this classification. As positions become available, our Local Departments of Social Services and regional Offices of Child Support will consider approved candidates from the eligible list who selected their location.

Main Purpose of Job

A Child Support Specialist I is the intermediate level of child support work.  Employees in this classification investigate and analyze child support cases and initiate appropriate actions to establish, maintain or enforce support payments for dependent children in accordance with applicable federal and State laws, rules and regulations.  Employees in this classification perform duties related to establishing paternity and child support orders, negotiating agreements for child support payments and health insurance coverage and maintaining and enforcing the collection of current and past due amounts.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.

Employees in this classification receive moderate supervision from a Child Support Specialist Supervisor or other designated administrator.


Obtains, verifies and analyzes information from custodial and non-custodial parents, employers, financial institutions, private and governmental resources, health insurance carriers and others and uses that information to locate non-custodial parents, establish paternity, verify income and assets and determine the ability of non-custodial parents to pay child support and provide health insurance;

Negotiates voluntary agreements for payment of child support and liquidation of arrears with custodial and non-custodial parents in accordance with State regulations and guidelines;

Initiates and prepares a variety of documents for administrative or court hearings, such as support payment modifications, wage withholdings, earnings assignments, interstate transmittals, subpoenas, bench warrants and show cause orders in order to collect current or past due child support payments;

Identifies circumstances that contribute to a problem in collecting child support or providing health insurance coverage, determines which private and governmental
services and programs, such as mediation services, employment and job counseling services, visitation access program or young fathers’ program address the problem and refers parents to those services and programs;

Monitors the receipt of child support payments and reviews case records and payment activities to determine the need for and type of enforcement activities warranted;

Investigates and resolves disputes resulting from license suspensions, tax intercepts and other remedies used to enforce and collect child support;

Initiates and negotiates establishment and enforcement of new or existing child support orders in out-of-state cases;

Prepares and presents testimony for judicial and administrative hearings related to child support enforcement and collection;

Prepares and reviews case records to ensure the validity of information to be presented in court by the legal services attorney;

Maintains and updates case records by using automated systems and case folder documents;

Responds to inquiries from custodial and non-custodial parents, employers, courts, public officials, attorneys, other State agencies and out-of-state agencies in order to resolve issues related to child support cases;

Coordinates genetic testing arrangements with certified medical facilities;

Serves as liaison between Child Support Enforcement Administration and other State agencies, local agencies, the State’s Attorney’s Office and the courts;

Places appropriate markers on case records in cases in which family violence or abuse has occurred, monitors the case to ensure that custodial and non-custodial parents, other caretakers and children are protected and refers abused caretakers and dependent children to family shelters or other protective services;

May assist at orientation sessions for new applicants or for non-custodial parents by presenting information about child support program services and related services that may be helpful;

May represent the State as complainant in order to obtain or enforce court orders for support;

Performs other related duties.


Applicants must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire. Please read all requirements before applying.

Experience: Two years and six months of experience investigating and analyzing child support cases and initiating appropriate actions to establish, maintain or enforce support payments for dependent children in accordance with federal and State laws, rules and regulations.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of an Associate of Arts degree in social services, human services, legal studies, public administration or similar fields of study from an accredited college or university and six months of experience investigating and analyzing child support cases and initiating appropriate actions to establish, maintain or enforce support payments for dependent children in accordance with federal and State laws, rules and regulations for the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university for two years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree in social services, human services, legal studies, public administration or similar fields of study from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute experience determining eligibility for government assistance programs for one year of the required specific program experience.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year. 


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position. You may be asked to complete a supplemental questionnaire.  The supplemental questionnaire may be used as part of the rating process.  Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service is required prior to hire.   


As an employee of the State of Maryland, you will have access to outstanding benefits, including: health insurance, dental, and vision plans offered at a low cost. CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR MORE DETAILS: STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS.

  • Personal Leave - new State employees are awarded six (6) personnel days annually (prorated based on start date).
  • Annual Leave - ten (10) days of accumulated annual leave per year.
  • Sick Leave - fifteen (15) days of accumulated sick leave per year.  
  • Parental Leave - up to sixty (60) days of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.
  • Holidays - State employees also celebrate at least twelve (12) holidays per year.  
  • Pension - State employees earn credit towards a retirement pension.


The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to, Department of Human Services, Examination Services Unit, 311 W. Saratoga Street, Room 134, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.

Or email Voice 410-767-7416, toll-free: 1-800-332-6347.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, at 410-767-4850 or

Do not submit unsolicited documentation. 

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay 

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country and encourage them to apply.

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